Ep 79: The Simple Scrapbooking Podcast – Project UFO or When NOT to Journal on Your Layouts

by Lain Ehmann on June 12, 2013


ep79 Layout A Day the podcast for simple scrapbookersET HAS INVADED THE LITTLE GREEN SCRAPBOOK ROOM!

Just kidding. As usual.

Nope. No ET. No Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Nothing but…

UnFinished Objects!

Over on the Layout a Day Facebook page, we’re busting through our unfinished projects, pages, and unscrapped photos this month.

I took a very (un)official survey and determined that the number-one source of UFOs is


Apparently, there are scores of pages out there, just lying around and WAITING for someone to show ‘em a little love and get them done and actually IN albums.

Are you guilty? (I must admit, this isn’t one of my sticking points… which is actually good because I can confidently tell you how to deal with this issue! Otherwise I’d feel like Oprah, touting yet ANOTHER “guaranteed, no-fail, permanent secret to weightloss and fitness.” (Ha!)

But I know of what I speak. So if you’re one of the ones hiding your face right now, never fear! The Scrapbooking Superhero is here!

In this episode, we talk about:

-The three types of pages without journaling

-A step-by-step approach for dealing with pages with no journaling

-How to enlist others to help you break through your backlog

-And how to keep the backlog from recurring!

I also announce the winner of the Darien Gee “Avalon Ladies’ Scrapbooking Society” review copy… so listen now!

Links in this Episode:

Layout a Day Facebook Page

6×6 Papers for 12×12 Pages <– Free Scrapinar TONIGHT!

Scrapbook Improv on June 26

Submit your question for July’s 31 Days of YOUR Scrapbooking Q&As

True Scrap Kids July 27 (Sponsored by Fiskars)

The new Crafting Your Biz podcast

The CYB Networking Group

True Stamp Indi Classes (only $7 each through the end of June!)

Leave us a review and subscribe on iTunes! (72 five-star ratings and counting!)


P.S. As promised:

Resources for Journaling if It’s Just Not Your Thing:

Pain-Free Journaling the EZ Way from Lain Ehmann

Everything I Need to Know About Journaling I Learned in First Grade with Monica Bradford


Use code LAIN79 to save $2 on Pain-Free Journaling the EZ Way


Use code MONICA79 to save $3 on Everything I Need to Know About Journaling





  • Danielle Taylor

    This is a great idea!! I know my mom leaves a lot of pages waiting for journaling but I usually finish my journaling but I’m not always happy with it. I love love love the idea of handing out the task of journaling to whoever is involved in the story on the page I’m SO doing that!

  • Heather Dubarry

    So many great ideas! Love the idea of doing triage and prioritizing which stories to tell first. That could also work as a scrapbooking kickstart: Think about which stories are most important, and make pages for those first!

  • LainEhmann

    Thank you! I did a series on triaging your stories. You can see that here: http://www.layoutaday.com/scrapbook-triage-choosing-which-pages-to-create-first

  • LainEhmann

    Hey, why not share the joy of scrapbooking? ;)

  • Kelli Panique

    It’s kind of a relief to realize not every page needs to be journaled! This is such a smart system to put in place for finishing incomplete layouts. Amazing how writing out the task ahead makes it seem less overwhelming. Great advice that goes beyond scrapbooking. Thanks, Lain!

  • LainEhmann

    Thank you, Kelli! I hope this helps people. :)

  • Libby Wiers

    I really needed to hear this! The ideas are terrific and doable. Thanks!!

  • teddi

    superb podcast lain! i just left you a 5 star review on iTunes. :)

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